Fresh air painting in the great outdoors

Fresh air painting in the great outdoors
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Local people with an interest in art have been able to pursue their hobby under the guidance of an expert over the summer in Laois.

Artists participating in the recent “Plein Air” course hosted in the beautiful landscaped grounds of Emo Court were delighted to take part in the three day event.

Following on from the success of the 2015 project with Jock Nichol at Laois Arthouse, Stradbally the demand for this type of programme was obvious.

The course was led again by Jock who worked with a group of twelve artists to help them develop their skills in landscape painting.

Participants included; Beth Harris, Michael Rafter, Carol Miller, Kathleen Miller, Monica O'Meara, Kay Murphy, Jackie Eastwood, Rosemarie Langtry, Mary Slevin, Mary Yorke, Pauline Conroy and Ursula Murrell.

A second three day “Plein Air” painting course with Jock Nichol will take place at Glenbarrow , in the Sliabh Blooms from the 2nd to the 4th August from 11am to 4pm. A limited number of places.

Jock is a natural teacher and gently gets the best out of his students. The three day courses are open to adult students of all abilities and focus on painting the landscape. composition, landscape, colour palettes and choice of subject as well as some of the technical and practical considerations for plein air painting are included.

Jock is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, where he studied Drawing and Painting. He has worked extensively in Ireland, including residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan, and Cill Rialaig Centre, Kerry.

He is involved in Adult Education with Abbeyleix Further Education Centre, and has exhibited widely, with works in many private and public collections.

The project was organised by the Laois Arts Office T: 057 8664033/13